The Internet, as we all know, can be a giant vortex of time suckage. I have little willpower, it seems, and thus find it dangerously so. At the same time, I can't imagine how I ever functioned as a writer without it. Any national security agency or Internet giant personnel monitoring my search history might be alarmed by recent forays into the topics of murder plea bargains, drug dealer slang, and paramedic protocol for overdose, interpersed with "Thanksgiving party games" and "Schoolhouse Rock." Such an interesting life I lead...
While I am far from methodical about endeavors such as organizing, searching, schedule-making, etc., I have happened in my peripatetic Internet travels upon several useful business sites for freelance writers. Many of our faithful readers are probably already familiar with these, but for those who aren't:
Robert Kent's Middle Grade Ninja is invaluable for any writer seeking an editor, an agent, or plain old writing inspiration. Each week brings informative new interviews with agents, editors, and/or writers. I've gotten a lot of great reading recommendations here. The online "book club" is fun to follow, too.
Emma D. Dryden's drydenbks blog is full of great advice, but even better, if you friend her on facebook, she aggregates information from the best writing blogs and saves you the trouble of finding it yourself. Highly recommended!
For those interested in digital publishing and new technology, Jane Friedman is a cutting-edge source.
Finally, QueryTracker is a informational and organizational treasure trove -- part spreadsheet, part encyclopedia, part user review site and entirely free. If you haven't already tried it, check it out pronto.
Happy Internet travels! And may the time saved exceed your time spent on facebook and Words With Friends. --Jeanne Marie
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